Monday, February 4, 2008

Billions of Euros for Reintegration of Unemployed Rarely Help in Finding Work

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the monies spent on the reintegration of unemployed persons into the work force have hardly any effect on their finding employment. In 2004, 41% of those receiving assistance found work but, according to the ministry, this would have happened even without government help. The amount of money spent for this purpose has been reduced from 3 billion Euro in earlier years to 2.2 billion Euro in 2006. Minister of Social Affairs Piet Hein Donner (Christian Democrats) says that the situation is improving.

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